Somerset Historical Society presents Oysters:  From Abundance to Aquaculture

Saturday, April 14, 1-3 pm.  As part of the Stories of Somerset series, Somerset Historical Society will present a program exploring the evolution of the oyster industry on the lower shore.  Join us at the J. Millard Tawes Museum for this free program.

Spring Opening Reception

Friday, May 4, 4-6 pm.  Celebrate the reopening of the museum for the season and view our newest exhibits, including the Watermen’s Pavilion exhibit, which is made possible by financial support from Maryland Humanities and American Legion Stanley Cochran Post #16.  Refreshments will be served.

Ward Brothers Workshop Open

The Ward Brothers Workshop will be open to the public on the following days, from 10:30 am to 2 pm.  Admission is free.

May 12, 20, and 26                                                                                                                                June 16, 17 and 30                                                                                                                                  July 7 and 21                                                                                                                                            August 11 and 18                                                                                                                                    September 3 and 15                                                                                                                              October 6 and 20

Mother’s Day Weekend Sale at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop

Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13.  In honor of Mother’s Day home decor items will be discounted 20%.  Stop in and pick out a great local gift for Mom!

Crab Pot Making Demonstrations

Wednesday, June 13 and Friday, July 13 at 11:30 am.  Join a professional crab pot maker to see how this traditional waterman’s tool of the trade is constructed.  Program is free with admission to the J. Millard Tawes Museum.  Made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities.

Dip Net Making Demonstrations

Thursday, June 21 and Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 am.  Dip nets are an essential waterman’s tool and the skill of creating the nets has been passed down through generations of Crisfielders.  See how it is done.  Program is free with museum admission.  Made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities.

Crab Derby T-Shirt Sale

Don’t miss the chance to get your annual Crab Derby t-shirt!  Sales will begin in late August.  Follow Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Facebook page to get updates on sale dates and the 2018 design.


Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Sunday, September 16  Enjoy an outdoors performance of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It at Somers Cove Marina.  The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s 8th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down.  As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in a can’t-miss multi-state tour.The performance is free to the public.


Dock Day 2018

Saturday, September 29  Join us for a waterfront festival celebrating the history and fishing culture of the Chesapeake.  Highlights include in-water boats, great local food, children’s activities, educational demonstrations and live music.  Admission is free.


Creatures of the Bay Programs

Presented weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day at 11:30 am  Meet some wildlife from the bay up close and learn about how a crab shanty works through our interactive Crab Shanty exhibit.  Creatures may include blue crabs, oyster toads, pufferfish, burrfish, and oysters.  Free with museum admission.  This program is funded in part by a grant from the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council.

shanty photo 2017

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27  Bring the power of an international day devoted to charitable giving to your local community.  After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s Giving Tuesday!  Your donation to Crisfield Heritage Foundation will help support historic preservation and public education efforts.